Esports Betting: Counter-Strike Maintains Dominance, According to Abios

Abios, a subsidiary of Kambi that provides esports data and odds, has released its 2023 Leaderboard report, detailing the top esports games and teams in the industry. According to the report, Counter-Strike continued to be the dominant force in the world of esports betting, accounting for 56% of all bets made with Kambi. Following closely behind was Riot Games’ League of Legends, which contributed 24% of the total bets, and Dota 2 coming in third with 14% of all wagers. VALORANT and Call of Duty rounded up the top 5 with 3% and 2% of all esports bets, respectively.

The report also revealed the most bet-on events, with the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) taking the top spot, attracting 10% of all bets in 2023. Counter-Strike events, such as the ESL Pro League and BLAST Premier, also garnered significant attention from bettors.

In addition to the games and events, Abios also highlighted the teams that attracted the most bets. G2 Esports claimed the top spot, followed by Team Vitality and FaZe Clan. Team Liquid and Cloud9 rounded out the top five, showcasing the enduring popularity of these teams among esports bettors.

Looking ahead, Abios shared some predictions for the future of esports betting. Niclas Sundell, Abios’ sales director, emphasized the importance of understanding the fans and their preferences as the industry continues to evolve. Sundell also pointed to the increasing popularity of co-streaming and watch parties in 2023, predicting that this trend will continue to grow in 2024.

One notable initiative from Abios in 2023 was the launch of esoccer, aimed at filling the gaps between traditional sporting events and providing additional betting opportunities for esports enthusiasts.

Overall, the 2023 Leaderboard report from Abios paints a clear picture of the continued dominance of Counter-Strike in the esports betting sector, as well as the evolving preferences of esports fans and the need for industry leaders to better understand and adapt to these changes.